Thursday, January 3, 2013

959 days...

I can't believe I've been gone from this space for so long. December always puts me into a frenzy and I never feel like I quite get to be where I want to be by Christmas.

But...I did do some thinking since I've been gone and decided that I'm not going to visit this space much more.  As the title says...959 days....that is how long I have until Matt heads off to college. I was quite shocked to see that it was under a thousand.  But wow! 959! I'm sure he would disagree, but I don't want to waste that time. It's fleeting and when I really think about what happens in those 959 days, I start to hyperventilate   Driving is right around the corner, proms, SAT's. AP tests, sports, college visits, college apps...etc...etc...etc.

I wanted to come back one last time to thank all of you that still visit here from time to time.  You have been faithful readers and have helped me through some highs and lows of my life.  I will never forget all the emails that I received when Andy was "retired" from his job and the support last year when Matt found himself in a pickle over a hockey incident.  You laughed with me as my boys have grown and helped me know that I was not alone in the rocky road of teenage hormones.  You've made me blush with compliments over my knitting and encouraged me to continue with my photography.

But most of all, I will never forget the friendships that I have made while in this space.  Some of you I've met in "real" life and others I still hope to meet.  Through those friendships, I've been supported in my parental decisions and I've been allowed to cry with you when times are difficult. 

So where does that leave me?  I'm certainly not going away from the computer.  I will be on Twitter, and Facebook. Pinterest and Instagram are my favorites. You can visit me over at Ravelry to see what I'm working on and I will leave my email up so you can contact me.  I promise, I will answer back.  Also, don't delete me quite yet from your blog readers.  You never know when I might pop back up with some interesting news!

Some of you know that I've finally held my breath and took that leap to start my own photography business. It's brand new and still in its infancy.  The support that I've had here in town has been great and I hope to line up some seniors for their school portraits.  This new chapter could only have happened had I not had this space. YOU...all of you, through your compliments and support encouraged me to embark on this next chapter of my life. 

Thank you to all of you for touching my life in such a wonderful way.
I want to wish you all a wonderful New Year!
2013 is going to be fabulous for all of us.  I just know it!

 Now, I've got to go.  There is only a few hours left and soon it will be only 958 days!
Time's a'wasting!


ps: remember, to take time to take pictures of you! your kids will thank you.


Lori said...

congratulations on your new business! hope life is good for you guys in 2013 :)

Holli said...

Oh, Jane! I'm all choked up. I've got mixed feelings about your ending this blog of yours. I have admired you from afar and have been inspired by so much you have offered here (parental advice, photography, knitting, etc). I know we'll stay connected and I sincerely hope that some day we'll meet in person. You are a woman, a mother, and a friend I truly appreciate!

PS I love the "old" photos in this post - that one of you and the boys is just heart-melting.


thistledowns wool & cotton said...

well, you know how i feel. it all goes by so fast! good for you taking time for them, for you! i've been following your photos. so good, jane. wishing you all the best. your work is great! xo

Chronic Ennui said...

Oh no... It seems like the end of an era. I hope you will be back eventually. Until then, I will continue to steal all of your Pinterest ideas and follow you on Instagram. Best to you and your family for 2013.

MadMad said...

Aw, man! But I totally get it. I'm right there with you on the counting - we only have two summers left! Two family vacations! It's terrible counting them down, but it does make you want to spend your time in valuable ways, doesn't it? I'll miss reading your posts, though. I guess I'll have to figure out facebook et al to see your gorgeous pics. So glad to hear you're moving ahead with that! Happy New Year, Jane!

house on hill road said...

i'll miss you here, but i completely understand how when the time is right to stop, it's right. xo.

free range chick said...

I am so sad Jane- yet so happy for you. Beautiful and true words. Your family and your real life is the most imporant ever. You have been such a awonderful friend across the miles Jane- even if we have never met I feel such a kinship towards you.
I still have the beautiful green ball of yarn you sent me from my favorite spinner :)Thank you.

I wish you all the best now and in the future.
If your ever headed this way- please look me up.


Rachel said...

Oh, this made me sad...but I completely understand! I will miss seeing you in this space but hope to follow you elsewhere. I've been seeing some of the portraits you are taking that you've shared via Flickr and they are fantastic. So exciting that you are moving forward with this passion! Congrats!

Sandy said...

Oh Jane, I am happy for you but it is bittersweet! I will miss your blog, but I totally understand. And I will be "stalking" you on instagram.
Your photos have always been a real inspiration and I think your new venture will be successful. What a perfect thing for you to start 2013 with.
All my best,

Anonymous said...

Have loved your blog for awhile. I have teens and college aged children so I understand your season in life. Good luck and all our blessings surround you.

From All Stitched Up said...

I will miss peaking in on you but I do understand how fast time flies by. I'm sure you'll be a great success in your photography business.

Andi said...

As one of your loyal followers, I will indeed not be deleting you from my blog list. I so enjoy it when you do make an appearance.
Best wishes to you on your new venture. With your talent your opportunities will be endless. See you around the bend!

jane said...

lost the first comment to a captcha fail.

i think i said ....

congratulations + best wishes on your new venture! i totally understand the need to pull back from blogging in order to focus on your children.

i also want to thank you for sharing your experiences and struggles. you've helped me countless times, and i've marveled (and exhaled) over our similar experiences.

keeping you in my reader + hoping you'll pop back from time to time with news.


rosemary said...

Oh Jane, congratulations on your business. I love your photos.
I know what you mean about time going by quickly. My oldest is in grade 11 this year, and I am already feeling pangs tugging at my heart!
I may just have to join Pinterest and all the other stuff to keep with you.
If I'm ever in your part of the world I'll definitely look you up!
Wishing you all the best!